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Forum topic by drewm873 posted 08-08-2016 07:20 PM 671 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2016 07:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber rough sawn wood oak maple butternut white cedar

So, I was talking to a tree guy and told him I was into making furniture. He then told me he had a bunch of trees milled about 5 years and he wanted to get rid of it. He showed me the pile and said to give him $500 and take it all. There’s maple, some cherry, butternut, a few oak boards and a bunch of white cedar. I jumped right on this deal.

I was told it was 5 years but he had lathing strips as stickers and when I got the wood home it still measured out to about 14% moisture. I’m not sure if this is because it was dried wrong, the barn/garage moisture, or possibly a leaky rook. There is quite a bit of sticker staining but hopefully that won’t be an issue when this stuff is planed down.

Two of the 12/4 butternut slabs were infested with ants so that’s a little bit of a loss but other than that it all seems good. Now I’m restacking everything in my garage because I had moved it all of the truck pretty fast because I was exhausted.

Thoughts on this?

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 07:24 PM

Make sure when you stack it you place stickers between the boards. Don’t know where you live but it may help to put qa fan to blow air through the boards.

-- Smile, it makes people wander what you are up to.

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#2 posted 08-08-2016 07:26 PM

Yeah, I’ve been putting in 3/4” stickers in as I’m stacking the wood. I’m in NJ but my garage isn’t too bad with humidity and whatnot since it’s all insulated and whatnot.

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#3 posted 08-08-2016 07:34 PM

Where I live people consider 14% MC to be about right for air-dried wood outside (in other words, about the moisture equlibrium point). NJ in the summer’s pretty humid, so I bet the MC of the wood is about what you’d expect until you can get it into a climate controlled environment. In other words, not a sign that it was poorly dried.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 08-08-2016 10:33 PM

It is hard to be certain from the info you provided and the pix, but I am pretty certain that you deserve a “You suck!” for this. haha

-- Art

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#5 posted 08-08-2016 11:24 PM

Hello drew, be very careful using the butternut and make sure to use a mask and to get the dust from it off you after working with it. Years ago I had a very bad reaction to the butternut I was using, took 30+ days to get it out of my system. Looks like a good haul of wood though.

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#6 posted 08-08-2016 11:45 PM

Sounds like a good deal, your garage has the same humidity as outside, insulated or not. Do what the previous posters said put a fan on it. Nice haul.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#7 posted 08-09-2016 12:38 PM

To get the wood below about 12%, you will have to sticker stack it in a climate controlled space where the humidity is kept below about 50%.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#8 posted 08-09-2016 01:07 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments and tips. This rough sawn lumber is a first for me, but I guess there’s no better time to learn than the present. :)
Some of this stuff is hard to separate into species because it’s a bit dirty and hard to tell what it is. I guess I’ll know once I get a jointer and then plane some of it.

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#9 posted 08-09-2016 01:14 PM

As a previous poster stated 14% is about what you can expect for air dried lumber. Lath is fine as stickers you just need some way to get separation between the layers.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 08-09-2016 03:13 PM

Good find !
Go to Home Depot or Minards or some other BIG BOX store, see how many sticks you get for $500,
Stack it properly,

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#11 posted 08-09-2016 04:18 PM

that box truck looks very handy.

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#12 posted 08-09-2016 04:26 PM

I had to rent the box truck because it was the only way I could get 15ft lumber home.

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